Celebrate Message to Man’s 30th birthday!

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Published: 22 May 2020


Message To Man International Festival will close its call for entries next May, 31st

The 30th anniversary edition of Message to Man International Film Festival will take place on September 11 – 19, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last three decades saw the growth of this film festival, from the very first exalted celebration held during perestroika to impressive modern-day premieres in St. Petersburg’s Palace Square and master classes taught by the greatest film directors, attracting hundreds of people.

Just take a look at the list of last year’s winners to understand the place the film festival has taken in Russia and the world. The main competition winner was Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” (USA), which later made it to the Academy’s® shortlist. The Best Début prize was awarded to “Honeyland” (North Macedonia) directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska that received not one, but two Oscar® Awards nominations.

This festival was founded to emphasize the important role of non-feature films in cultural life of the country and allow national documentary filmmakers to become more familiar with the world of international cinema. However, with years, the goals of the Festival had broadened and as a result, short fiction and animated films were added to the competition program. In recent years, “The In Silico” competition of experimental films has evolved into the festival’s most popular program. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg.

Recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as international film festivals : The only international documentary, short and animated film festival in Russia and in the countries of former Soviet Union that is officially registered by the International Federation of Film Producers Association in Paris (FIAPF).

In addition, the festival will give away in excess of 9000 euros in cash prizes. They are getting ready to celebrate Message to Man’s 30th birthday and they look forward to receiving your new films. JOIN THE PARTY BEFORE MAY, 31ST!


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